Tuesday Talks- Interview with Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears - Author

We have Melissa Jagears with us today. Melissa is an award-winning author and a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. Hi Melissa, tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.

We were quite poor. My father was often in trouble with the law and my mother worked her hardest to make sure we didn’t know how bad off we were. I enjoyedschool though, and reading, and so as long as I had something to read and workon, I was pretty happy. My parents weren’t Christians, but when we moved statesto crash at one of my grandparents’ because we were essentially homeless, theirrule was you went to church if you lived under their roof. So, my parentsstarted looking for somewhere else to live J and I enjoyed going to church.Thankfully my mother continued taking me and my sister if we wanted to go tochurch after we moved out of the grandparents’. I excelled at school, so with lotsof scholarships, I got a degree in English and taught English as a SecondLanguage to junior high and high school students for several years before Ibecame a mother. After my first year of stay-at-home momming, I needed more thanpatty-cake to keep my brain occupied and started writing. I never was a writerfrom “the moment I could pick up a crayon.” I was just an “I think I could doit someday” sort of person. When my daughter was a year old, that someday came.

What’s your favorite genre to read and write. Who’s your favorite author?

Christian Historical Romance, no question. As to favorite author, if you’d asked me before I started writing, it’d have been Lori Wick, easy. I still have sentimental feelings for all her books, but I’ve ruined my blissful love of every book by “going behind the curtain” and learning to write. There are talented authors I certainly enjoy but no one has yet made me love everything they’ve written like Lori Wick did 20+ years ago….oh wait, I’ll say it’s Julianne Donaldson. Mainly because I loved both novels she’s written and since she’s basically stopped writing, that means I totally love all her books and the second I see the next I’ll buy it. 

What age did you realize you loved books?

My mother says since I was 18 months old, I’d sit with a book and “read” it intently. I don’t ever remember not loving books…except when I got fed up with the Nancy Drew ghostwriters for not writing books fast enough that I had for another book to come out…..and I couldn’t be bothered to find something else better to read while I had to wait, so I just quit. Cold turkey quit reading because nothing could be better than Nancy Drew….I don’t remember how old I was when that happened, but on my 13th birthday someone gaveme a Lori Wick novel….and since I got it as a gift that meant I was obligatedto read it….I haven’t stopped reading for pleasure since—though children makeit hard to read as much as I like. Seems they want to be fed on occasion.

I guess they do… lol. Tell us about this book.

I wrote this book before I got picked up by Bethany House but had shelved it because I couldn’t get the end right. Eight years later, I decided to see if my improved writing skills could help “old writer me” out of the mess. Thankfully,I believe I had enough new skills under my belt to untangle it from itsproblems.

It’s a marriage of convenience story, which is my book drug of choice and has one of my favorite heroes I’ve written, and I “moved” from Kansas to Wyoming. The initial twist that drove my creative juices was what would happen if the reason you married for convenience was suddenly no longer valid after you’d already tied the knot.

What did you learn about yourself through writing it?

Ha! How not to write too much of myself into a heroine—a lesson I have had to learn repeatedly when any of my books have a heroine that is at all similar to me. Don’t ever expect me to mirror my true self in a character unless I’m writing her as avillain—for evidently, what’s in my head is often not something a likeable/relatable heroine has going on in hers.

Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?

I do a ton of different outlining worksheets before I start writing now. These are worksheetsI’ve made up for myself after synthesizing information I’ve assembled from going to conferences and reading writing craft instruction, etc.

Then when I think I’ve got a story that will work after going back and forth between those worksheets, I write the story in stream of consciousness storytelling form, like “Joe is doing his banking job. In the middle of denying some crazy loon a bank loan, his love interest comes in with guns ablazing and holds up the bank. Joe is gobsmacked by the woman in high stilettos and a black satin Zorro mask who cleans out every man’s pockets in less than 5 minutes leaving lipstick kiss prints on each man’s cheek, and walks out as if she knew no one would run after her—which no one did. When Joe comes back to his senses, he pulls the silent alarm, then shakes his head at himself and calls 911.”

Sometimes the amount of words it takes to write that storytelling document is enough to fill an actual book, but it goes fast because I’m not worrying about spelling, punctuation, paragraphs, good writing, realistic dialog, nothing. I just write it to see how the story goes and where I have plot holes and pacing problems, etc. I fiddle with the story in that form until the plot works. Then I use that as a guide to write the book.

Is there a special place you like to write?

Special place, no. Special circumstances, yes. It has to be silent and I need to be reasonably sure no one will interrupt me.

What advice would you give a new author?

Don’t be eager to throw your first book up on Amazon or expect it to be salivated over by agents and editors—it’s more likely to be flat rejected and embarrass you years later that you ever acted as if it was good enough to catch anyone’s eye. Don’t be assured that your 5th book, or even your 10th, will be of the quality you’d expect of your own preferred reading material. Consider the potential years it will take for you to write multiple books—which may never see the light of day—as your “college education.” It takes at least 4 years of basically all day studying to get a degree, so don’t be disappointed or embarrassed with the time it takes for you to become a writer who can compete with your favorite authors. No sophomore in college gets frustrated and depressed that they aren’t already hired as a meteorologist, social studies teacher, dentist, or journalist—they know that if they are to be on par with their professional competition they need to keep plugging away. Now, they may learn they’re not cut out for the vocation during those years of work and might change their mind about chasing that career or major, but they don’t get frustrated that they haven’t made it after two semesters of work. As a writer, you can be thankful that, though you can go to college for writing, writing in the comfort of your own home is cheaper than college and a viable alternative.  

What project are you working on now?

I’m working on the next book in the Frontier Vows series that follows Romancing the Bride. I feel like it’s too early to tell you what it’s about, but characters from Romancing the Bride will show up again, just like they do in all my series.

Where can we find your books?

I have a handy page on my website that lets you know all the places you can find my books. http://melissajagears.com/my-books/  Some of my books are in some stores and not others for random reasons, so you can also click on a particular book’s cover and find where you can get that one. But most stores online have my books, or you can ask any brick and mortar store to order it if my book isn’t on their physical shelves.

Tuesday Talks-Interview with James L Rubart

James L. Rubart is the bestselling, four-time Christy Award-winning author of nine novels, and has won numerous other accolades for his unique, mind-bending stories

Today we have the honor of speaking with James L Rubart. Jim claims to be a 28 years-old trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He’s the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, CAROL, INSPY and RT Book Reviews award winning author of ten novels and loves to send readers on journeys they’ll remember months after they finish his stories. He’s also a branding expert, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder with his son, Taylor, of the Rubart Writing Academy.  Hi Jim, tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.

I was born in Seattle, went to college at the University of Washington, married my dream girl, and now live in eastern Washington. We have two outstanding adult sons and one outstanding daughter in law. (And three kittens, of course.)

Looks like good things do come in threes. :} What’s your favorite genre toread and write. Who’s your favorite author?

Favorite genre to read is time travel. Favorite to write is visionary. I’ve always resonated with Toni Morrison’s idea that if there’s a story out there you want to read and it hasn’t been written, you need to write it. Favorite author is C.S. Lewis. He did it all, children’s, fiction, non-fiction, but more than that, he opened up my mind and heart in ways no one did before or has donesince.

What age did you realize you loved books?

I was an extremely active kid, loved the outdoors, loved sports and wasn’t into reading. But my mom forced me to read half an hour every night. Quickly that turned into me reading hours every night and reading under the covers with a flashlight so my mom would think I was asleep.

LOL… I think many of us used the “flashlight under the covers” trick. When did you start writing?

Thefirst real memory was seventh grade when I wrote a short story for my Englishclass and got an A on it. I was hooked!

Tell us about your latest novel, The Man He Never Was.  

It’s a modern reimagining of the classic Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. Here’s the back cover description: 

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—withmore than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temperthat often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep outof the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’schanged. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how ithappened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self-start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

Inthis fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

That sounds exciting! What did you learn about yourself through writing it?

That the only way to win the war Paul describes in Romans chapter 7 is to die to myself, surrender fully, and step into the truth of who I am in Christ.

Is there a special place you like to write?

A few years ago I had a storage shed built and put on our property. I converted it into a writing room. It’s quiet, away from our home, cozy, and the perfect place to create stories.

What advice would you give a new author?

Buy a good pair of running shoes. Put them on. Sprint in the opposite direction. Just kidding. (Kind of.)The publication journey can be brutal, but if you can’t not write, do one thing. Keep going. Most people give up. Don’t do it. Press on. Raw talent is not what’s going to get someone published. It’s perseverance. And write from the gut level, deepest parts of your soul. If you’re willing to open yourself up, you will create stories that readers resonate with and your stories will bring them hope, and life, and freedom. Along the way, you’ll discover the greatest reward is not getting published but seeing your soul transformed because of your journey.                                                                        

What project are you working on now?

I’m finishing up my next novel, The Pages of Her Life which comes out next May. It’s the first story I’ve written where the protagonist isa women, so I’m quite excited about it. And I’m working on a series of novelswith my friend, Susan May Warren which think readers will love.

Where can we find your books?

Just about everywhere.Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Millions, CBD, LifeWay … and manybookstores.

How can people stay in touch with you?

Best way is to sign up for my newsletter which people can do at my website. http://jameslrubart.com/  Also on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JamesLRubart

And a special offer for your readers, if they email me, I’ll send them a link to download a free song I wrote inspired by my first novel, Rooms.

Tuesday Talks – Interview with Shannon McNear

Shannon McNear, Author

Today we are privileged to have Shannon McNear with us. Shannon has been writing novel-length fiction since age 15. Her first novella, Defending Truth, from A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® nominee. She’s a member of ACFW and RWA. Welcome, Shannon. Tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.

I’m a wife (going on 32years), mother (8 here on earth, 1 in heaven), mother-in-love (3 oldest are married), grammie (oldest has 2 little boys), worship and youth leader, research nerd, seamstress, music fanatic, very mediocre guitar player … and always the socially awkward geek type. J I grew up on a small farm in central Illinois, wandering the timber and riding horses. Graduated from a small Christian high school and attended Liberty University for three semesters. Had a rather broken family situation but God provided me an amazing step/adoptive father who showed me what honorablemanhood could look like. Unfortunately he went to be with the Lord when I wasonly 17 and my younger brother was 10, but my mom’s rock-solid faith was aconstant throughout my childhood. The one thing I learned, through the ups anddowns, was the conviction to live my own faith in a genuine, transparent way.

What’s your favorite genre to read and write. Who’s your favorite author?

At one time, I’d have saidanything speculative, particularly fantasy. But I also love historical. And Ilove romance done well. I can’t say I have a single favorite author, but my topfavorites include C.S. Lewis, Mary Stewart, Susanna Kearsley, Rachel Hauck,Ronie Kendig, Michelle Griep, Lori Benton, Elizabeth Camden … heavens, too manyto name!

What age did you realize you loved books? When did you start writing?  

I’ve always loved books!Words on the page have always fascinated me—I can’t even recall learning how toread—and third grade was when I discovered writing stories. I’ve never reallystopped …

Tell us about this book.

The Cumberland Brideis is #5 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. It tells the story of KateGruener, daughter of settlers moving westward into Kentucky via the WildernessRoad in 1794, and Thomas Bledsoe, their guide. Kate loves to write and is fascinated by people’s stories, and though she rightly guesses that Thomas has plenty of his own to tell, he’s less than forthcoming about sharing them.

Is she too naïve to survivethe journey? Or when danger threatens, will she find a courage no one knows shehas?

What did you learn about yourself through writing it?

Oddly enough—I had a fresh realization of how fascinated I am by people’s stories. That I need to have more courage to actually ASK people to share them—because they’re usually more than happy to do so.

Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?

Writing on contract means that I’ve had to come up with at least a rough summary of the story, start to finish, and I actually find that helpful, though I’ve considered myself more of a “seat of the pants” writer. I love the process of discovering the charactersand story as I write—although the uncertainty can be terrifying!

What was something that surprised you in the way this book unfolded?

Thomas’s journey was a lot more difficult than I expected. I wasn’t sure I could pull off his character arc, but several readers have said that was the thread which resonated most strongly with them.

Is there a special place you like to write?

In the summertime, I love sitting on my front porch swing, and in the winter, I usually sat in a very comfy recliner loveseat in one of our downstairs rooms—but while on deadline last year, I found I needed to be able to shut myself away from the rest of the family. So I cleared out a corner of what was then a very cluttered sewing room and discovered I loved having a dedicated space for writing. Gradually I turned half the room into a writing/office area. It really helps me get into that “I’mat work now” mindset.

What advice would you give a new author?

Read, read, read. And write, write, write. Don’t be afraid to study the craft. Listen to feedback, but trust your own story sense and writing voice. And above all, understand that getting published isn’t a destination unto itself—it’s a milestone on the overall journey, but also a higher level of responsibility, with new pressures and insecurities of its own.

What project are you working on now?

Another Daughters of the Mayflower title, this one set during the CivilWar.

Where can we find your books?

Amazon is a good place, or other online booksellers such as Christianbook.com, Books a Million, or Barnes & Noble. For The Cumberland Bride:

Amazon(both paperback and Kindle)
Christianbook.com (both paperback and ebook)
Barnes & Noble (both paperback and Nook)

Tuesdays Talks – Interview with Connilyn Cossette

This week we have the amazing Connilyn Cossette. Connilyn is a Christy Award Nominated and CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. Tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.

Although we now live in NorthCarolina, I am originally from Washington State (the dry side, although I’velived on the wet side too). I’ve been married for 21 years and am the mother ofa 14 year old son and a 11 year old daughter whom I’m homeschool. I was raisedin the Church under the influence of two godly and wise women, my mom and mygrandma, both of whom have had a lot of influence on my career as a Biblicalfiction author. I was a voracious bookworm from the beginning and fell in lovewith words and language at a very young age. I did not start writing seriouslyuntil I was in my mid thirties however, due to a lack of confidence but Godtook me by the hand and led me into this beautiful career, in spite of myself-doubt, and now I cannot imagine doing anything else!

What’s your favorite genre to read and write. Who’s your favorite author?

I’ve always been drawn tohistorical fiction of all kinds and will pretty much read any historicalstories that I can get my hands on. It has always served to make the past comealive for me. I have so many authors that I admire but I would have to say forhistorical I adore Liz Curtis Higgs and her Scottish series above most others.

What age did you realize you loved books? When did you start writing?

I was an early reader, in fact, my mother told me the other day that she regretted not reading more to me when I was young because I was reading on my own at about three and she couldn’t keep up with me! Reading was always my favorite activity and pretty much the only thing I ever got in trouble for in school was sneak-reading books under my deskduring class (especially…ahem..math). I was also consistently drawn towriting and took many creative writing classes during my school years but thismostly took the form of poetry. It wasn’t until I got inspired by my studies ofthe Exodus and the idea for Counted with the Stars refused to leave me alonethat I sat down and actually wrote a book.

Tell us about this book.

Shelter of the Most High is the second in the Cities of Refuge Series and builds on the story of Eitan, whom readers first met in A Light on the Hill as a young boy. It is also the story of Sofea, a young woman who lives on the ancient island of Sicily and is taken forcibly from her home by Bronze Age pirates. When the two meet in Kedesh, the City of Refuge, they will be forced to face a number of trials, from language barriers, to cultural and religious differences, to betrayal and entanglement in a murder plot. I fell in love with Eitan and Sofea and had so much fun bringing the two together and hope readers enjoy the journey too!

What did you learn about yourself through writing it?

Gosh, it’s been so long since Iwrote it…but  I would say that Eitandeals with the problem of self-recrimination and not embracing the grace thathe was given many years before and I find myself doing the same and allowingthe Enemy to keep bringing up old sins. Sometimes I forget that I’ve alreadybeen forgiven and my sins are separated from me as far as the East is from theWest.  Eitan’s journey is a greatreminder to live the life of freedom that we were gifted by Jesus at the Cross.

Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?

Yes, I do use an outline. I haveone that I’ve adapted for my own purposes. It’s nothing too detailed, justmostly general plot points and vague chapter descriptions and then I fleshthings out as I write. I’m kind of a hybrid pantser/plotter since I like alittle structure but give myself enough leeway to explore rabbit trails alongthe way.

Is there a special place you like to write?

I mostly write at my desk in my office but on days when I take my kids to their enrichment homeschool classes, I work at the local library next to these huge floor to ceiling windows that look out over a gorgeous wooded nature area. Now that the leaves are all beautiful colors the view is especially enjoyable. Usually, the squirrels give me a great show while I work and last month there was a proliferation of butterflies dancing out there too. I put on my headphones with brown noise to block everything out and am always very productive on my library days.

What was something that surprised you in the way this book unfolded?

There were a couple of plot twists that I did not plan for that kind of showed up as I explored the characters and their journeys but I can’t give any examples because they are major spoilers!

What advice would you give a new author?              

Find a tribe. I prayed that the Lord would provide me with some great writing pals and He provided me with some of the best, most encouraging friends I’ve ever had in my life. Look for people that are honest but tactful about sharing their critiques, people that build you up but keep you grounded, and people that are invested in making sure you put out your best work even if that requires a tough conversation. Writing can be a lonely endeavor, and of course, many of us are introverts, but connecting with other writers that “get you” will make what could be a lonelycareer into a fun and mutually beneficial journey!

What project are you working on now?

Iam writing two books concurrently. I am working on the 4th book of the Citiesof Refuge Series which will release in 2020 and also on a shorter novel forGuideposts Fiction that will tell my own imagined version of the women whotouched the hem of Jesus’s garment. It’s been a challenge to write two books atonce but they are both coming along nicely. My biggest problem is that theCities of Refuge is in first person and the Guideposts is in third and I keepslipping into first person halfway through my scenes almost every single day! Inow have a note in big, bold red letters on every chapter to help remind me,but it’s still a constant struggle!

Where can we find your books?

My books are available wherever literature is sold, both in brick-and-mortar stores (don’t forget to shop independent bookstores!) and all online outlets. You can head over to www.connilyncossette.com or bakerpublishing.com for purchase links and for more information on all my novels.

Tuesday Talks – Interview with Autumn Macarthur

Autumn Macarthur, author of "Together For Christmas"

We have the wonderful Autumn Macarthur with us today. Autumn is a USA Today bestselling author of clean Christian inspirational romances with a strong touch of faith. If you love happy-ever-afters, sweet romance, and Hallmark movies, chances are you’ll enjoy her stories! Originally she is from Sydney, Australia. She now lives in a small town not far from London, England, with her husband (aka The Cat Magnet), and way too many rescue cats for their tiny house! Hello Autumn. Tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.

I grew up on my grandfather’s small holding in a semi-rural area just north of Sydney, Australia, surrounded by bushland. We lived there with Mum and Dad for my first ten years, till widowed Poppy remarried at 70 (never too late!) and sold the property to movein with his new wife. I loved it there! Hens, an orchard, a pond, bee hives, abig veggie patch, Poppy’s cut flower garden where he grew gladioli and shastadaisies to sell. And no neighbors. Bush all around. Great fun for a tomboy likeme! I admit we ran a little wild. I only wore shoes to school or the rare timeswe went out. The rest of the time, I went barefoot, despite bee stings andbindiis (nasty little prickly seeds).

Despite having to wear shoes, Iloved our little infants and primary school there, too. The same school Mumwent to, Kindergarten to Year 6. My favorite subject was reading, of course. Iwas such a fast reader I had to do reading with the class ahead of mine allthrough infants school. And the library? Oh my! All those books, opening up aworld of adventure. Absolutely my favorite places, the library at school andthe local library.

I now live in England, since what was supposed to be a one-year working holiday stretched to over twenty when I fell in love with an Englishman!

What’s your favorite genre to read and write. Who’s your favorite author?

Christian contemporary romance, totally no doubt, both to read and to write! I also love devotional non-fiction writing and journaling, but romance is my main love.

I have too many “favorite authors” to just pick one! Authors I loved to read in my teens – CS Lewis,Georgette Heyer, LM Montgomery, Essie Summers (a NZ author of vintage Harlequinromance).

Authors I love now – I have to give first place to my best author buddies and writing partners, Alexa Verdeand Marion Ueckermann. They’re both faith-filled and gifted writers. We haveseveral projects we hope to write together over the coming few years.

What age did you realize you loved books? When did you start writing?

I can’t remember NOT lovingbooks! Mum taught me to read when I was very young and books were always partof our home. I was slower starting writing. Though I started school a year ortwo ahead of my ages in reading, I was slow to develop the fine motor skillsneeded to write. I got there eventually! I wrote on and off through my life,but didn’t start seriously writing with a goal of publication till 2009, when Iwas the deer in the headlights facing an impending 50th birthday. Five yearslater, my first published book, The Wedding List, launched.

Tell us about this book.

My latest book is His Healing Touch, released as part of my Together for Christmas four-book set, with a book from each of my current main series. The set contains Believe inMe for my London-based Love in Store series, A Model Bride for my Scottish The Macleans series, Calm & Bright shift to my IdahoHuckleberry Lake series, and last His Healing Touch takes readers to Oregon and my Sweetapple Falls series. I first wrote a version of this story in July last year as a Texan spring novella and loved the challenge of revising and lengthening it with some significant changes. Far more changed than just a move across the country and a change of season! I could so relate to the characters of Lainie and Adam, a nurse and her former patient, both grieving very different losses. And I couldn’t miss the opportunity to revisit one of my most-loved secondary characters from His Father’s Son, the thirteen-year-old Josh Tanner. His faith and determination despite a life-limiting illness impacts on both their lives.

What did you learn about yourself through writing it?

I learn the same lessons as mycharacters need to with every book I write. My lesson with this book was to letgo of some deeply buried anger with God over a big loss, and to let Him heal mygrief. To trust that He always has a plan and a purpose for our greater good,even when it doesn’t feel like it.

Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?

Hmm, a bit of both. I’m a hybrid pantser/plotter, though more on the pantser side. I usually do some basic character development work – who the two main characters are, what they want, what their emotional and spiritual wounds are, what they need to overcome to bein a committed relationship. I don’t do much of an outline, though I try to have at least a vague idea what the main turning points of the story will be.

Then I start writing and it all changes as I get to know my characters better. Their real wounds and lesson soften turn out to be very different to what I initially thought, and those plot points have a bad habit of rearranging themselves, too!

Is there a special place you like to write?

Most of my books have been drafted and edited sitting on our bed! Though I can and have written pretty much everywhere possible, this is the place I gravitate to. Pillows piled up behind me, a bookcase behind me, my laptop or Kindle Fire with Bluetooth keyboard on a lap desk, a cat usually not far away.

What was something that surprised you in the way this book unfolded?

 Not so much with the main characters in this one, though several of the secondary characters surprised me by behaving in ways I hadn’t expected. Not as surprising as the story I had half drafted before the heroine revealed a BIG secret in chapter 7. LOL, so secret even I didn’t know it!

What advice would you give a new author?              

Keep writing! Most of us have “practice” stories that will never be published, and that’s okay. I have five or six full manuscripts tucked away, and a lot more partially written stories. And don’t compare your first draft to the finished stories you read. It took me far too long to realize the published story was probably fifth or sixth drafts and had been worked on by at least one editor as well as the author. I gave up on so many stories because I judged my first two or three chapters as “not good enough”. Now I know I may well cut that early chapters entirely once the draft is done, or change them significantly as needed based on feedback from my wonderful critique partner and my editor. First draft needs to be allowed to just be what it is, without judging it.

What project are you working on now?

I’m excited about my current project! The Real Thing, the final book in The Macleans series, willhopefully launch in early January. This story has been a long time coming! Ifirst started it two years ago, but got sidetracked by my Lessons fromPollyanna devotional, then had other deadlines, and at last I’m gettingback to Brodie’s story. It’s both interesting and challenging, because BrodieMaclean is such a complex and difficult character. He’s been disabled sincebirth, and his bitterness and sharp tongue mean he’s been pretty much the badguy in all three of his siblings’s lives. A man like him needs a strong anddetermined heroine, and I hope I’ve given him the right woman in feisty, fieryFlynn Ferguson.

Where can we find your books?

All my books are available for sale at Amazon, and can be seen on my Amazon author page here, https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Macarthur/e/B00N9KRHKY/ or my website books page, here https://faithhopeandheartwarming.com/books. I also have a free taster book, a short romantic novella, that can be downloaded here https://dl.bookfunnel.com/7luq95last. Though I very much hope readers will sign up for my mailing list when they download the book, it’s not required.